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WHICH SAFTEY GLASSES ARE BEST FOR AIRSOFT?

Published:  August 2022

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The popularity of Air Soft across the world has seen a large spike in Google searches for the best pair of Safety Glasses.

Without the appropriate level of PPE, the chance of injury is almost certain, with the US alone seeing a 600% increase in hospital admissions from air guns since 2010. The majority of these injuries occur in the eyes, with long lasting or permanent vision loss.

Like most types of PPE, Safety Glasses have a range of safety standards that each product falls into. Choosing the wrong pair could have catastrophic effects should something go wrong.

What are the different Standards?

When purchasing Safety Glasses, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the different standards applicable to that product and compare that with the requirements needed for your use.

The standards you are looking for is EN 166, which is the European Safety Rating that guarantees your product can withstand an impact.

For Air Soft, you would need an EN 166 rating of F (Low Energy Impact) or B (Medium Energy Impact).

EN 166 F – The product will resist a 6mm, 0.86g ball travelling at 45m/s. This is usually the maximum for Safety Glasses having side arms. In Air Soft terms, this is roughly a 0.20g plastic bb shot at 206 FPS.

EN 166 B – The product will resist a 6mm, 0.86g ball travelling at 120 m/s. This is usually the maximum for Safety Goggles and Industrial visors. In Air Soft terms, this is roughly a 0.20g plastic bb shot at 816 FPS.

Other Standards to note:

K – Resist misting and fogging

N – Resist surface damage by fine particles, that is anti-scratch

 

What to choose?

BOLLE TRACKER (TRACPSI)

  • Sporty, lightweight design
  • EN 166 B rating
  • KN rated – resists misting and fogging
  • Interchangeable foam seal
  • Wrap-around design for excellent field of view
  • Side ventilation

    https://www.safetyfix.co.uk/safety-eyewear/bolle-tracpsi/

    BOLLE COBRA (COBTPRPSI)

  • TPR seal for enhanced comfort and safety
  • EN166 B rating
  • KN rated – resists misting and fogging
  • Lightweight
  • Panoramic view

    https://www.safetyfix.co.uk/safety-eyewear/bolle-cobtprpsi/

     

    TRAEGA CONZA

  • Cheaper option
  • Premium goggle
  • EN 166 B rating
  • KN rated – resists misting and fogging
  • Suitable for use over most prescription eyewear
  • Indirect Vent
  • Excellent resistance to liquid droplets and splashes

    https://www.safetyfix.co.uk/safety-eyewear/traega-conza-cl/

    TRAEGA LUGA

  • Cheaper option
  • Hybrid design, interchangeable strap and side arms
  • EN 166 B rating
  • KN rating – resists misting and fogging
  • TPR seal for enhanced comfort and safety
  • Adjustable temples

https://www.safetyfix.co.uk/safety-eyewear/traega-luga-cl/

 

SafetyFix Recommendation

If you're looking for EN166 rated safety goggles that won't fog up, provide an excellent seal around your face to stop dust ingress & protect you all day long, and provide you with protection and medium impacts - the Traega Conza are the goggles you are looking for. Probably the most comfortable goggles on the market and no matter the environment provide an everlasting fog-free view. Excellent value compared to other premium safety goggles. For users that take care of their goggles.

These can be combined with a large microfiber pouch to keep them scratch free when not in use. 

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